How to train your cat not to scratch the furniture- Many cat experts say declawing feline forefeet should only be a last resort, after nonsurgical solutions have been exhausted. Before you decide whether to declaw a cat, try these methods: • Providing cats, preferably starting when they’re kittens, with stable, sturdy and rough-textured scratching posts and pads. Trimming nails every one or two weeks. Start when the're kittens. Read more . . .